Strategy AC1.2: Expand pedestrian and bicycle data collection. Assess current gaps, barriers, safety hazards, and usage.
Collecting sound data is the first step to building a business case for improvements to, and expansion of, existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Pedestrian and bicycle data should be collected at a local level to assess current gaps, barriers, safety hazards and usage. In addition to quantitative data, a user survey to understand the perceived barriers to a safe, well-connected system of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure should be conducted. In addition, case studies and examples of how other local governments fund bicycle and pedestrian facilities should be compiled and disseminated to regional partners. A regional entity, such as UNC Asheville’s NEMAC, could host the data so that a variety of partners and jurisdictions could easily access the information.